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The High Desert Gardener
        April 1, 2016: Volume 04.16
Weed it and Reap!
Dawn Donovan 
            Better Plants. Better Advice. Better Results. 

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Contact Information:  Email us at:


Moana Lane Garden Center 
The Florist, Greenhouse &  
Gift Shop  
                            1100 W. Moana Lane, Reno                                  775-825-0600  


S. Virginia St. Garden Center  
Outdoor Living, Tree Land & Moana Rock 
11301 S. Virginia St., Reno 

Pyramid Hwy. Garden Center 
Spanish Springs Nursery
7655 Pyramid Hwy., Sparks
        Store Hours


   Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  
   Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

   Sunday  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


At All three locations Including all 3 Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops, TreeLand & Moana Rock.  The Florist at Moana Lane is closed Sunday but great arrangements available in the cooler and orders taken by nursery teammates. 
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Landscape & Design Center
Water-Wise Irrigation, Ha
rdscapes, Maintenance & Water Features
1190 W. Moana Lane, Reno
775-825-0602 X 134

NV Lic. #3379 A, D, E
CA Lic. #317448

Armstrong Red Maple Tree
Moana Nursery is on Facebook!  
Click the link and become a fan! 

Feature Products:

For planting success, we recommend using these three products when planting or transplanting all plants:
Superthrive, Gardner & Bloome (now G&B Organics) Soil Building Conditioner and G&B Organics Starter or All Purpose Fertilizers 

G&B Organics Starter Fertilizer
Bonide Fruit Tree & Plant Guard
Hydrofarm Seedling Heat Mat
Scotts Green Light Amaze Weed Preventer

Plantskydd keeps rabbits away from lawns and other areas of your garden by a combination of both taste and smell. 
Bonide All Seasons' Spray Oil
Grow More Orchid Food
G&B Organics Citrus & Fruit Tree Fertilizer
Dalen Season Starter
G&B Organics High Bloome Fertilizer
Dalen Harvest Guard
G&B Organics Harvest Supreme Soil Amendment

Helpful Links:
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Moana Nursery is on Facebook!
Click the link and become a fan!
Become a Fan Now!

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Nature News e-Newsletter
Sign up for Nature News -
the Wild Birds Unlimited e-Newsletter from Moana Nursery HERE
G&B Organics Worm-Gro

Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
Bonide Crabgrass & Weed Preventer

G&B Organics Rose & Flower Planting Mix

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Green Goods manager _ tree lover_ Matt.

Bonide Weed Beater Complete
Seed Starting Greenhouse, HC Companies-Planters Pride
Bonide Liquid Plant Food
Yard Art can be FUN

Evan ... Store Manager Moana Lane

Bonide Crabgrass & Weed Preventer
Bonide Weed Beater Ultra
Quick Links
Timely, Local High Desert Tips ...
Now is the Time To ...

When was the last time your yard had a check-up?  Now is the perfect time to schedule a house call with one of our four plant doctors who are also certified arborists. Call or visit the Moana store near you for details.
  • Turn on your irrigation system and inspect for leaks, broken/clogged heads, coverage and other problems. Or let Moana Nursery's irrigation specialist do it for you; call 825-0602 x134 to schedule an appointment. On/Off video here.
  • Release beneficial nematodes when night time temperatures are above 45 degrees for control of soil dwelling pests.
  • Prune, feed and mulch your roses; Moana recommends G&B Organics Rose & Flower Fertilizer or Bonide Systemic Rose & Flower Care (feeds & protects). For systemic insect and disease control, use Bonide Rose Rx Drench. Mulch with G&B Organics Rose & Flower Planting Mix or Soil Building Conditioner being sure to keep mulch 3 inches from the canes.
  • Continue to kill cheatgrass and other weeds with Bonide KleenUp around plants or inflower beds or Bonide Ground Force where you don't intend to plant. Moana recommends Bonide Weed Beater Ultra for superior performance in cool weather on broadleaf weeds.
  • Repot potbound houseplants with G&B Organics Blue Ribbon Blend potting soil.

Moana Nursery Rewards Program
Members Only Special

15% Savings on All Windchimes
Limited to regular-priced stock on hand. Offer expires April 15, 2016

Not a Member, sign up at all three stores.
See 2016 program brochure here.

New Arrivals:
Limoncello Barberry

  • Shrubs: Hardy Azaleas, Rhododendrons, 'French Cabaret' Rose of Sharon, 'Gold Splash' Euonymus, 'Limoncello' Barberry..
  • Veggies: 'Little Fingers' Carrots, 'Early Girl' & 'Sungold' Tomatoes
  • Annuals & Perennials: 'Bonanza Mix'Marigold, 'Americana Coral 'Geranium, 'Spider Flower Mix' Gerber Daisy, 'Gold Heart' Bleeding Heart & 'Ruby Spider' Daylily.
    Gold splash Euonymus
Sungold Tomatoes







Little Fingers Carrots



Spider Flower Mix Gerber Daisy



French Cabaret Rose of Sharon













Gold Heart Bleeding Heart

Nature's Pest Controls:
  • Beneficial Nematodes control over 200 soil dwelling and wood boring pests including grubs, weevils and fungus gnats.  
  • Ladybugs and Green Lacewings are two of the garden's best pest fighters in one cup.  Lacewings, also known as Aphid Lions, devour up to 1,000 aphids a day and attack mites, whiteflies, leafhoppers, thrips, caterpillars and more.

Melody's Decorating Tip
Add a splash of color to your outdoor furniture with our new colorful decorator pillows.  Constructed of outdoor fabric, they are fade resistant, mildew resistant and waterproof.  Choose from Hummingbird, Blue Bird or Western Tanager. 

Administrative Professionals Week April 25-29
For the perfect Thank You, contact The Florist at Moana Nursery -- 775-825-0671
It's Prom Season!
Remember to add the finishing touch! Custom designed boutonnieres and corsages. Order early, call The Florist at Moana Nursery -- 775-825-0671.

Save 20% on Moana-Grown  
High Desert Landscape Specials
Better Plants. Better Results.
Scarlet Oak

  • #15 Eastern Redbud        (reg. $127).
  • #15 Scarlet Oak              (reg. $132)
  • #3 Burning Bush           (reg. $32)
  • #3 'Rose Glow' Barberry (reg. $29). 
  • Gro-Power Toss'n'Gro  All Purpose Fertilizer:             7# pail (reg. $37) & 17# bag (reg. $47).
  • ALL 20% Off Now!

Limited to stock on hand at full retail price.       Expires April 15, 2016. See all specials here.

Bree's Plant of the Month:  Bleeding Heart

This delicate looking perennial is actually a sturdy and trouble-free addition to the perennial border or woodland garden. An old-fashioned beauty, Dicentra spectabilis bears arching stems of pendant, puffy heart-shaped blooms in pink or white and can grow to three feet tall and as wide where happy. Perfect for shade areas and can be used as a beautiful cut flower.

Matt's High Desert Tree of the Month:
'Frans Fontaine' Hornbeam

Very handsome, clean tree that maintains its sleek, columnar form as it ages. This is a nice choice for a street tree, lawn specimen or for planting in a group to form a tall screen.  'Frans Fontaine' is adaptable to most soil types and is drought tolerant when established.

Karma's Featured Products of the Month:    

  • G&B Organics Soils and Fertilizers feature dual organic certification, OMRI and CDFA. G&B Organics promote healthy soil structure, reduce run-off and improve our overall environmental health.  
  • Pond Boss Fountain Pumps feature an energy efficient design with built-in flow control and quiet operation. 

Bree's April Planting Tip
  • Plant perennial vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish etc.
  • Plant cool weather crops of peas, carrots, beets, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. 
  • Root crops like potatoes, radishes, parsnips and onions can be planted anytime.
  • Deadhead spring flowering bulbs when they finish blooming. Do not cut off the green foliage yet! These green leaves continue to grow for a few weeks, and provide the bulb with food for flowering next year.
  • Divide perennials like daylilies, delphiniums, iris, chrysanthemums, daisies and phlox.

Carmel's Featured Wild Birds Unlimited Product:   Sweet Nectar Concentrate & Ready-to-Use Formulas ...

Hummingbirds Rock!

Nectar concentrates are infused with all-natural, steam-distilled wild flower and fruits extracts.  Great source of electrolytes and calcium.

Carmel's April High Desert Bird of the Month: Rufous Hummingbird
Scientific name: Selasphorus rufus 
How to identify:
The Rufous is a fairly small hummingbird with a slender, nearly straight bill, a tail that tapers to a point when folded, and fairly short wings that don't reach the end of the tail when the bird is perched. In good light, male Rufous Hummingbirds glow like coals: bright orange on the back and belly, with a vivid iridescent-red throat. Females are green above with rufous-washed flanks, rufous patches in the green tail, and often a spot of orange in the throat.
Rufous Hummingbirds typically breed in open or shrubby areas, forest openings, yards, and parks, and sometimes in forests, thickets, swamps, and meadows from sea level to about 6,000 feet. During their migration, look for Rufous Hummingbirds in mountain meadows up to 12,600 feet elevation. In Mexico, wintering Rufous Hummingbirds live in oak, pine, and juniper woods at 7,500 to 10,000 feet elevation, shrubby areas, and thorn forests.

Click here to read the rest of Carmel's informative articles and more on local birds at
Sign up there for our monthly Wild Birds Unlimited newsletter. 

Buy a 6 Cocoon Container of Mason Bees
Save $4 on Purchase of a Nest Tube! 
Now is the time to purchase Mason Bees - temperatures are warm enough to trigger hatching and help with early pollination of fruit trees.

These much less aggressive pollinators are amazing. 

A New, Local Tool For You ... Moana Nursery's Exclusive High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
  • Search and explore plants that thrive in our unique climate and region.
  • Build wish lists, learn about plant characteristics and find the perfect plants for you and your home.
  • Bring your wish list to your favorite Moana Nursery location and our expert staff will help with your choices.
Available day & night on or click here.

Moana Nursery's High Desert Gardener Services for Residential & Business
Our talented team led by Leslie Richardson has expanded their menu of services:
*Custom Containers
*Garden Design, Installation & Maintenance
*Seasonal Color
*Specialty Gardens of all types
Call 825-0602 x134 for free estimate.


Interior Plant Services
We provide three interior plant service programs - you can buy, rent or lease. For a free consultation with Vicky Ross, Interior Plant Design & Maintenance Manager, call 825-0602 x 134.

Upcoming Events:

April 2: Reno Rose Society Annual Rose Pruning Demonstration
     11 am to 2 pm at the Reno Municipal Rose Garden in Idlewild Park.
After an initial presentation on rose care and pruning, we will break into small groups to give hands on demonstrations of pruning techniques on the different rose classification (hybrid teas, floribunda's, miniatures and climbers) in the garden. The demonstration and pruning will continue until 2:00 PM (weather permitting).  Bring bypass pruners, alcohol or Lysol Spray & heavy gloves; also suggested are lunch and bottled water. Contact Rebecca Shaw at 775-971-0777 for more information.

April 7: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada Meeting
    7 pm at Moana Nursery Design Center
Miniature Orchids & How to Grow Them - presented by Mary Gerritsen

April 23: Moana Nursery Earth Day Event - at Moana Lane from 10 am - 12 pm in conjunction with:
  • KTMB and their Decomposition Timeline interactive game & recycling guides
  • State of Nevada Agriculture Dept. will collect unwanted/unusable insecticides, weed killers, rodent bait and other pesticides for disposal.
  • Teresa Aquila of the Sherriff's Department will provide information on the department's April 30th Prescription Drug Round Up.
  • H2O Environmental representative will provide information their services and what household items they recycle.
  • Learn the basics of composting. Bring your black plastic plant pots & trays to recycle.
Upcoming Seminars:
April 2: Welcome to Nevada Gardening
Are you looking for information on how to succeed at gardening, despite the challenges of our northern Nevada environment? Join us to discuss soils, best watering practices, and some of the plants that will survive and even thrive here. We'll share proven tips and commiseration!

April 9: Organic Vegetable Gardening Made Simple             Join Craig Frezzette, the only USDA Certified Organic urban farmer in the City of Reno.  Craig owns and operates City Green Gardens, a "four season" operation growing organic products for local area restaurants. Learn as Craig shares some tips and techniques he uses for the basic steps of creating and tending an organic garden.  From composting to living soil, seed starting to transplanting, season extending to pest management. Craig has over 20 years of growing organically in our arid high desert climate.  
April 16: In Your Garden Now
Attend this seminar for timely information on what your garden and landscape needs to flourish this upcoming season. Tips on fertilizing, pruning, watering and what to plant now, will be discussed. The Adventures of Gardening!  Let Plant Doctor, certified arborist, and gardening addict Steve Packer share with you all the fun things you can do in your yard now.  
April 23: Growing Vegetables Successfully Anywhere
You have asked for it, now you have it: a complete seminar on growing veggies in our late spring and summer in northern Nevada. Discussion will cover organic and non-organic methods, raised beds & containers, single to multiple crops, from seedlings to harvest. We have had some hard years recently that caused poor results for many homeowners. Moana Plant Doctor Jon Bruyn will explain how to mitigate the stresses our environment can cause for plants and you. You will leave knowing what can go wrong and confident that you can handle whatever northern Nevada gives us.
April 30: It's all about the Soil - A Complex Ecosystem which Supports all Life on Earth                                           
What is "good" soil?  How do you know if you have it? Learn the basics of how to build and care for healthy soil in your landscape using natural and organic materials. You will be rewarded with an abundance of crops and beautiful landscapes; even greater is the feeling of making a difference in the garden at large, this beautiful earth we all share. 
Gisele Schoniger, Organic Gardening Educator at Kellogg Garden Products has gained a wealth of gardening wisdom from her experiences as an ornamental horticulturist, interiorscape business owner, horticultural therapist and educator. Gisele is a dynamic speaker whose goal is to inspire some small changes that will garner big rewards for your garden soil, your crop production, beautiful landscapes and to your overall health. This seminar is a must for all gardeners - newbies and experienced! 
All seminars are free and held at Moana Nursery, 1190 W. Moana Lane in our Landscape & Design Center unless otherwise stated. Seminars begin at 10 AM and last one hour. Seating is limited to 60 and is first come, first served. Visit or call 775-825-0600 for more information.

Plan & Plant tool for you!
(Do-It-Yourself Assistance) 
Now is the perfect time to use our Plan & Plant resource to easily design and get expert assistance for those dreams and changes you have for your yard. Take a look and see if it inspires you ... we all can be "landscape designers" with these simple tools.
Or ... explore our expert advice and high desert fact sheets on subjects that may be of interest to you. Combine this DIY tool with our High Desert Plant Finder and Guide for even more help.

Our website is filled with local gardening & landscaping advice to make you comfortable gardening and landscaping in our high desert. 

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